A row of white poles was added to the Waialae, par70, the night before the opening round of the PGA Tour event in Hawaii.
They are the boundary that separates the Out of Bound (OB) between hole 10, par4 and hole 18, par5. This is the decision of the PGA Tour referees team after seeing many golfers find a “shortcut” in hole 18 by hitting the fairway hole 10.
Hole 18 is 514 yards long, has a turn to the left and hole 10 is 344 yards straight. Because of closed fighting for epidemic prevention, these two holes have no stands. So in terms of tactics, from the beginning of hole 18 hitting the fairway hole 10 will benefit because after that, the golfer has a chance to score an eagle when he goes green with his wedges.
“The day before, colleague Justin Leonard suggested about hitting the 10th fairway and said many hands in that way. A few years ago I never thought about it and this year I was going to try it, but until last night it was cleared. Report on new OB pile I think this is a good move because golfers need to treat the hole according to the original design, “said American player Billy Horschel when he finished the round with 65 strokes.
Horschel T10 with a score of -5, three strokes behind the top of the table. This position belongs to Peter Malnati, Jason Kokrak and Joaquin Niemann. Particularly hole 18 with rows of OB piles blocking the way, Malnati and Kokrak both birds and Niemann recorded eagle thanks to the chip 15.2 meters from the hole.
Defending champion Cameron Smith hit 67 sticks on the opening day, should stand T40. He also has a birdie in hole 18. “I hit a good shot in that hole today and then used my ninth iron on the green. But if I hit the 10 fairway I just need a gap wedge to get into the closing zone. two strategies up to 20-30 yards, “Smith commented.
After the row of OB stakes was added, Rory Sabbatini distributed outside the boundary of hole 18, had to replay it and then close the hole at the bogey point. He is standing on T129 with +2 score.
The first round of the tournament recorded 30 players with positive scores and 22 players hitting 65 strokes or less.
According to the principle of top 65 or the same tie for weekend tickets, it is likely that the cut line will eliminate at least -3 points. This year’s Sony Open list includes 144 golfers.
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